Robbie Williams is set to release his brand new album Swings Both Ways on Island Records on November 18.
The album features a selection of classic songs including Dream A Little Dream (with Lily Allen), I Wan’na Be Like You (with Olly Murs) and Little Green Apples (with Kelly Clarkson). Brand new tracks include Soda Pop (with Michael Buble) and Swings Both Ways, written and performed with Rufus Wainwright.
The album sees Williams reunited with Guy Chambers, with whom he wrote six new songs. Guy Chambers produced the album.
Williams said of the record: “First of all, I wanted to do a swing album because I wanted to do a swing album. I always knew I’d do another and I think now is the perfect time to do it. I’m enjoying showbiz and I’m enjoying my life and my understanding of where I am now is that there needs to be an event every time I bring out a record. The album this time is a definite ode and a loving glance towards a period on the planet that I was never invited to ‘coz I wasn’t there….I wanted to be, which I feel still very strongly linked to.
"Going in, I planned it to be very similar to the last one, and then I realised – that’s actually not what I wanted. It’s different – it’s not all covers. I had some songs that I wanted the world to hear and check out and maybe become part of the fabric of their lives, if I’m lucky enough, that I’ve had a hand in writing. So it’s very, very similar to the last one, and very different – and hopefully I’m off to romance the world!”.
Lily Allen said: “Dream A Little Dream is one of my favourite songs of all time so I didn’t hesitate when Robbie asked me if I’d like to duet with him on it. I was a bit nervous when we recorded it, especially when I asked him what he wanted me to do and he said something like ‘just be you’. But I’m really happy with it and think we do justice to a classic song."
Of the title track which he co-wrote and performs on, Rufus Wainwright says: “Working with Robbie is a dream come true. I’m once again the envy of both sexes. Robbie is the real deal, full package, a total mensch and if I could come up with any more paired descriptive sayings I would use them as well."
Olly Murs, who has just toured with Robbie, says: “I absolutely loved working with Rob on this album. After touring Europe with him this year it seemed only right that we record something together, and I Wan’na Be Like You is such a classic sing-a-long tune. It’s always brilliant when you get to work with your mates!"
Williams’ previous swing album Swing When You’re Winning was released in 2001 and spent six consecutive weeks at the top of the UK chart, going 7x platinum. It remains his best-selling album ever.
The full track-listing is as follows with new songs marked with an asterisk:
SHINE MY SHOES *
GO GENTLE *
I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU (FEATURING OLLY MURS)
SWINGS BOTH WAYS (FEATURING RUFUS WAINWRIGHT) *
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (FEATURING LILY ALLEN)
SODA POP (FEATURING MICHAEL BUBLE) *
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ
LITTLE GREEN APPLES (FEATURING KELLY CLARKSON)
MINNIE THE MOOCHER
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN
NO ONE LIKES A FAT POP STAR *